This website monitors the 5G market, assessing progress towards EU policy goals such as the 5G Action Plan, the 5G Security Toolbox and the Digital Decade. We examine issues including 5G coverage; spectrum awards; adoption by new vertical industries like factories and agriculture; and public policies to stimulate 5G’s growth.

Our main focus is 5G in Europe, but we also examine major international markets like the USA, Japan, China and South Korea. Every quarter we produce a detailed report analysing recent developments.

Latest News in Europe

Welcome to the third phase of the 5G Observatory!

As 5G moves from launch to growing deployment the site is evolving to reflect new policy goals and new market priorities.

South Korea leads in 5G rollout, followed by China and Japan

This was one of the key takeaways from the third 5G Observatory workshop, which also highlighted green issues and the need to reconsider geographic coverage.

Ireland backs EU 5G security toolbox

The Government of Ireland has announced its plan to use the EU 5G security toolbox as a framework for securing its 5G network.

European Operators urge action on OpenRAN

Five of Europe’s biggest operators have released a report which calls on policymakers, EU Member States, and industry stakeholders to collaborate and urgently prioritise Open Radio Access Network (Open RAN).

5G Observatory stakeholder workshop taking place this Thursday

Titled 5G in the Digital Decade, the virtual workshop will review findings from the previous report and look ahead to the latest market trends and global developments.

5G Observatory releases October 2021 quarterly report

The 5G Observatory has published its 13th quarterly report, which covers all the latest developments towards EU 5G targets and policies, as well as international trends. The report is available for download here.

Open RAN lab to open in Germany

A new innovation lab called i14y will be opened in Germany with the support of the Federal Government.

Telia and Nokia launch standalone 5G in Finland

Telia has launched a standalone 5G network with its partner Nokia.

Vodafone Germany announces plans to switch entire network to standalone 5G

Vodafone Germany has promised to convert all of its 5G antennas to the standalone technology variant by 2023.

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Latest News outside Europe

FarEasTone and Ericsson complete 5G network slicing trial

Taiwanese mobile operator FarEasTone and Ericsson have announced that they have successfully completed a network slicing trial.

UK Government launches competition to boost 5G rollout

The UK government has launched a £4m pound competition that will explore ways to make it easier for mobile operators to deploy 5G infrastructure on public street furniture such as lampposts and bus shelters.

Telefonica and NEC announce open RAN trials in Spain, Germany, the UK and Brazil

Telefonica and NEC have announced the launch of an Open-RAN live pilot in four global markets.

Vodafone and Ericsson halve energy consumption in 5G trial

Vodafone has announced that it has completed a trial of a new 5G radio which saw energy consumption decrease by a daily average of 43%, and as much as 55% at off-peak times.

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